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Cells at Work Stage Play Reveals 2 Main Cast Members in Costume

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Masanari Wada, Kanon Nanaki play leads in November stage play

The official website for the stage play of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga revealed a visual showing Masanari Wada (left in picture below) and Kanon Nanaki (right) in costume as their respective characters, White Blood Cell (Neutrophil) and Red Blood Cell (Erythrocite). The visual evokes the cover art for the manga's first volume.

The play, titled Tainai Katsugeki Hataraku Saibō (Internal Action Play Cells at Work), will run at Tokyo's Theatre 1010 from November 16-25.

Tsuyoshi Kida (Bleach, ClassicaLoid) is directing the play, and Keita Kawajiri (Mob Psycho 100, Nanbaka stage plays) is writing the script.

Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the story:

The average human body contains about 60 trillion cells, and each of them has work to do! But when you get injured, viruses or bacteria invade, or when an allergic reaction flares up, everyone from the silent but deadly white blood cells to the brainy neurons has to work together to get through the crisis!

Shimizu launched the Cells at Work! manga in the March 2015 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius, and Kodansha shipped the fifth compiled volume in Japan last August. The manga has 1.5 million copies in print. Kodansha Comics shipped the manga's fifth volume last November.

The manga ranked on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook's 2016 list of top graphic novels for male readers. Haruyuki Kichida launched the Hataraku Saikin (Bacteria at Work) spinoff manga in Nakayoshi in April 2017. Moe Sugimoto launched another spinoff manga titled Hatarakanai Saibō (Cells That Don't Work) last July, and Shigemitsu Harada and Issei Hatsuyoshi launched the Hataraku Saibō Black spinoff on June 7.

The manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that premiered on July 7. Aniplex of America is streaming the series on Crunchyroll.

Sources: "Tainai Katsugeki Hataraku Saibō" play's website, Comic Natalie via Nijimen

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